“Other shows like SNL still do a great job at finding ways to inspire great satire.”
Oh this is fantastic.
A show where most of the time black cast members portray a demeaning racial stereotype as the punchline is Morrissey’s example of satire done right.
It’s funny stuff until it’s about you.
It’s not just this skit, but it is common for the ignorant black person to be the punchline (or sometimes just “black voice” alone) in a lot of skits. I guess that is fair in “satire”, but personally I find it more offensive than funny.
Again, that was true in the past, but they have far more black performers now who are also writers (not to mention that one of the head writers, Michael Che is black). It seems to me that black voices are now pretty prevalent on the show.
There were some great sketches from those years too, but like most eras of SNL it was generally a hit-to-miss ratio of about 1 in 5 with the rest ranging from forgettable to atrocious. We tend to romanticize how good SNL used to be because the best sketches of each era stick around while the rest are relegated to the pop culture dustbin.
In the days when I might have seen SNL it would have always been at a party, no one really paying attention (until Phil Hartman would do a “unfrozen Caveman” skit ). The fond memories people have for shows like this may relate to the circumstances more than to the content . Did anyone watch SNL attentive and sober?
I can personally attest to the fact from 1975 - 1977 while the SNL watched/aired I was in the throws of some kind of drug or alcohol, after that I went to Military Academy, and we didn’t have much time for TV there.